By Tom McNeil
As much as he speaks about his frustration with this just now, Steve Clark might be quietly pleased that Arsenal have prevented Kieran Tierney from being called up to the next Scotland squad.
These games against Kazakhstan and Cyprus are dead rubbers and about as pointless as they come, but Clark might use them as a chance to build a team for the Nation’s League qualifier next year.
One huge anomaly in the Scotland team has been Andy Robertson. He’s outstanding for Liverpool, but looks scared and totally inept when he plays for Scotland. If Tierney got a chance and played well, then there would be a lot of calls for him to start the next important game.
Tierney has looked impressive for Arsenal since returning from injury and could’ve offered something fresh to the team after years of insipid performances. Clark might start to find himself under pressure if he doesn’t win these two games after total collapses against Belgium and Russia.
It does look like Robertson is made to look good by Liverpool’s system and there’s plenty of fans that think Tierney might be every bit as good as the former Dundee United and Hull City man.
Unfortunately we won’t get a chance to see how much Tierney has improved since leaving Celtic in the upcoming games.